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Duffy Set To Reunite With Murphy At Ulster

Duffy Set To Reunite With Murphy At Ulster

Jimmy Duffy is joining the Ulster coaching team, which is led by his former Ireland Under-20 coaching colleague, Richie Murphy ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

After two seasons with the Western Force, Jimmy Duffy is set to make a return closer to home when he links up with Ulster Rugby for the 2024/25 season on a two-year deal.

Having previously worked alongside Richie Murphy with the Ireland Under-20 Men’s team, Duffy will play an integral role in developing Ulster’s forwards as part of the recently confirmed head coach’s set-up.

The pair enjoyed success with the Ireland U-20s’ 2022 Six Nations Grand Slam win when the Galway man was assistant coach, before he made the move to Perth-based side, Western Force, for the 2022/23 season.

Involved for many years prior to his move to Australia with Connacht Rugby, across the grassroots and professional game, Duffy enjoyed success as assistant coach with his native province, including when the westerners lifted the PRO12 trophy back in 2016.

Speaking about Duffy’s appointment at Kingspan Stadium, Ulster head coach Murphy said: “We’re really looking forward to Jimmy joining us in Belfast next season.

“Alongside Roddy (Grant), he is set to bring the best out of our forwards, including the younger homegrown guys currently coming through into the senior set-up.

From my experience of working with Jimmy, I know he is detail-driven and a coach that builds strong relationships with his players – and his knowledge and experience will be very welcome when it comes to coaching our scrum.

“I’m excited about the potential of what we can all achieve working together.”

Duffy added: “I’m looking forward to working alongside Richie again, and to be a part of what he’s building at Ulster.

“It’s clear that there is a lot of young talent in the squad, as well as some more experienced players, who are all intent on achieving something special together.

“It’s exciting to make the move to Belfast, and I can’t wait to get started this summer.”